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Methodological Considerations when Mapping Tourist Movements in a Destination

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The aim of this article is to discuss some of the operational challenges involved in conducting a broad-based study tracking the movements of tourists within a destination. The authors report on their experiences in conducting a study of tourist movements in Hong Kong. In particular, the article discusses the merits of using different emerging digital tracking technologies and trialing the use of tracking through the mobile phone system. The trial failed due primarily to a lack of cooperation from tourists. They found this technology too invasive. The article concludes with a discussion of factors that others may want to consider when considering conducting similar research.
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Keywords: MAPPING; TELEPHONE TRACKING; TOURIST MOVEMENTS; URBAN

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-12-01

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  • The aim of Tourism Analysis is to promote a forum for practitioners and academicians in the fields of Leisure, Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality (LRTH). As a interdisciplinary journal, it is an appropriate outlet for articles, research notes, and computer software packages designed to be of interest, concern, and of applied value to its audience of professionals, scholars, and students of LRTH programs the world over.
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